We feel that the area of the Valdes Pensinsula in Argentina does not get the attention that it deserves. The strong currents make it an ideal spot for the development of a rich fauna in the area which is, no doubt, the highlight of a visit to the area. In areas such as Valdes Peninsula and Puerto Deseado unique species as Southern Right whales (from late June to mid December), various species of dolphins, orcas, southern elephant seals, South American sea lions, Magellanic penguins (from late September to March), and various species of cormorants among others congregate. All of these areas are ideal for bird viewing. Together with the wildlife, Welsh settlements are to be visited and the famous Welsh Tea will be ready for visitors for fascinating Valdes Peninsula tours! A true wildlife paradise!
Punta Norte Orca Research has indicated that the number of orcas (Orcinus orca) that reach Peninsula Valdes has increased during last season. This is great news since this shows that orcas are still keeping their method of collecting food - they come to the area and seemingly get stranded on the beaches in order to catch sea lions or elephant seals. Orcas reach the beaches and simulate to get stranded until its prey decides to jump into the water. For a while it seemed that maybe Orcas were not keeping this method, which is vital for their survival. Though the total number of orcas is estimated in 150 specimen, only seven of them were able to hunt prey using this method. However the results of this research shows that more orcas are coming to Punta Norte and use this method.
Most of the people go to Trelew and Puerto Madryn, so most of the hotels are the there.. But the Patagonian coast does not finish there. From Comodoro Rivadavia to the South, there are lots of small towns where you can see lots of fauna, the same as in the Peninsula (though not the Orcas hunting) . In fact there are some places where you can find animals you cannot see at peninsula Valdes, and the other point is that you will never find lots of people there, since everybody goes to the Peninsula! So that is another reason why you can see more animals.
Bahia Bustamante is a village that was formerly established for seaweed harvesting, which is still done there, but it is also great for wildlife viewing, away from the crowds. It is also close to the remains of a petrified forest and is a working sheep ranch, so you can have a variety of experiences there.
We can combine a package to this area with any other part of Patagonia or can combine it with the Ibera wetlands for a wildlife spectacular tour.
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Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time